7th Lawsuit Filed Against Arizona Immigration Law

Monday, July 12, 2010

Tucson Police officer Luis Hernandez questions a suspect following a fight June 3, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is gearing up to begin training its officers on the implementation of SB 1070. (Scott Olson/Getty)

On Friday, in federal court, The League of United Latin American Citizens filed a suit against Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The lawsuit is the seventh to have been filed against the state since Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070 into law on April 23rd. This suit objects to the guidelines themselves, saying that they welcome officers to question someone’s legal status based on “vague and ill-defined factors." 

The enforcement guidelines being challenged were adopted by the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board. They are intended to be used to train Arizona’s 15,000 police officers on how to enforce the immigration law, which goes into effect on July 29th.

Mark Moran joins us from the newsdesk of KJZZ in Arizona. He’s also a member of the Fronteras Project, which focuses on the changing culture and demographics of the Southwest with an emphasis on U.S.-Mexico border issues.


Mark Moran

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Comments [1]

SmithCommaJohn from California

I may be wrong, but I don't think a person can be in a particular state illegally. It's the federal government's job to determine who is in the U.S. illegally or not, and under the constitution, only the federal government has this power.

Even if Arizona defers to federal immigration law when defining the elements of the offense, they seem to be creating a separate crime of "being an illegal immigrant in Arizona" which places them on extremely shaky constitutional ground: http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2010/07/13/the-federal-lawsuit-against-the-az-immigration-law-its-not-what-you-think/

Jul. 13 2010 06:38 PM

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